'Do you want a drink?'
The answer was quick and crisp. 'Yes'.
What do want, a beer I asked?' at the same time asking myself who this SYT was.
'No, I don't drink beer' came the reply.
'Then?' I responded.
'Soft drink please'.
What soft drink I asked in return. This was really getting me amused but I was enjoying it.
Coke ...or Sprite...or anything...what they have la came the reply.
By this time I already finished my beer and was going for my next and I was in a hurry. Then I told her. '
Young lady, you better make up your mind. Its either coke or sprite. Which one?'
Then she hastily responded, coke la.
I, also on my toes looking over this obstacle of humans who refused to move away from the bar, gestured to my fellow filipina for a beer and a coke. Within a minute, I got what I ordered handed the coke to this young lady.
Before she left, I endeavoured to know who this SYT was. Who was I having this sort of skit episode with.
My name is Masami she said. I'm a journalist with the Malay Mail. Just joined 8 months ago. Before I let off Masami to her friends, I told her one thing.
I said, 'Masami, if at all you got nothing out of this function except some soft drinks and food and chatter, please learn one thing from our just concluded conversation in which you wanted a coke.
Be sure you know what you want...cock-sure some might say. Having decided what you already want, go get it. If there are challenges in front of you like this wall of human barricade preventing you from getting your drink, push yourself through these challenges so you can get what you want. If you can't possibly do that due to certain circumstances, then find someone who can help you attain what you want. If, latter on in life you are confronted with the same situation, but this time it may not be for drinks but for an opportunity and you do not apply all these things, you will probably deprive yourself of your heart's desire.
I shared with Masami this because there were many things I wanted in life. Most of it still remains a dream, a hope. Because I settled for the mediocre. I was not willing to push through that 'human barricade', that challenge that stood in front. I settled for less.
But its not too late. I'll apply the 'Masami Principle'.
'When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there'.